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Club members cook and serve traditional southern Italian meals. Below: Club members and their spouses pose for a group portrait at the Sons of Italy hall, ca. 1950s<br />Photos courtesy of TAUNY
Club members cook and serve traditional southern Italian meals. Below: Club members and their spouses pose for a group portrait at the Sons of Italy hall, ca. 1950s
Photos courtesy of TAUNY

Very Special Place: Italian American Club in Massena

There was a time when the industrial centers of the northeast were filled with social clubs for various communities. These were meeting places for men who flocked to these cities for the good-paying factory jobs that were available. There is no town in Northern New York where this was more true than in Massena, which used to have the most diverse population in the region. These days all of the social clubs that catered to these various communities have gone away, except for one. Today NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, continue our look at some very special places in the North Country. A few weeks ago, Joel Hurd and Varick Chittenden visited the Italian American Club.  Go to full article

Very special place: Freeman?s Taffy Stand

The 187th Lewis County Fair starts today. There will be rides, concerts, a demolition derby, and of course, all types of food. Many of the food vendors will have portable facilities that set up for a few days and then move on to the next fair. But one local favorite has been selling its treats from the same building for over 100 years. Today, NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, continue our look at some very special places in the North Country. Last year, Joel Hurd and Varick Chittenden visited the fair to learn more about Freeman's Taffy Stand.  Go to full article

Very Special Places: Vivekananda Cottage

Tucked away on Wellesley Island is the private community of Thousand Island Park with its collection of Victorian ginger-bread cottages. Originally a Methodist summer community, the colorful, well-maintained cottages, tabernacle and pavilion are a part of North Country history few people know about. One large cottage at the top of a hill has been associated with the Rama-Krishna sect of Hinduism since the celebrated Swami Vivekananda spent a summer here resting and lecturing a small group of followers in 1893. Since the 1940s it has been the site of an annual spiritual retreat. Today, NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, continue our look at some very special places in the North Country. Joel Hurd and Varick Chittenden visited Vivekananda Cottage last year when the current swami was hosting over 100 devotees from around the world.  Go to full article
Photos: Martha Cooper. Below: "19th Century" students
Photos: Martha Cooper. Below: "19th Century" students

Very Special Place: Cooks Corners Schoolhouse

The one-room schoohouse used to be a common sight in the North Country. Before school centralization around 60 years ago, these schoolhouses could be seen every couple of miles, since most students had to walk to school. While many of these buildings are now gone or in disrepair, one schoolhouse in Pierrepont still serves the surrounding community. Today NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, continue our look at some very special places in the North Country. Joel Hurd and Varick Chittenden visited the Cooks Corners Schoolhouse on a sunny June day when fourth graders from Colton-Pierrepont Central School were playing roles of students in the late 19th century.  Go to full article

Very Special Place: Marilley?s in Croghan

For many years in the small towns of the North Country, the general store was the center of activity. If you were looking for vinegar, horseshoe nails, a yard of gingham cloth of the latest news from around town, the general store was the place to go. Today, NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, continue our look at some very special places in the North Country. Joel Hurd and Varick Chittenden visited E.M. Marilley's in Croghan, a place that endured long after the introduction of big box retailers, and claimed to be "dealers in nearly everything."  Go to full article
Camp Dudley waterfront. Photo: Martha Cooper.
Camp Dudley waterfront. Photo: Martha Cooper.

Registry of Very Special Places: Camp Dudley

Today, NCPR and TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, continue our look at some very special places in Northern New York. It's the middle of June and the school year is about to end. And as kids begin to plan their summer activities, many will consider going to camp. The Adirondacks are full of camps for boys and girls that provide hiking, boating, swimming and new friendships that may last a lifetime. The oldest one in the U.S. is on the shores of Lake Champlain. Today, Joel Hurd and Varick Chittenden visit Camp Dudley in Westport.  Go to full article
Pine Grove Community Church, Watson NY. Below: interior
Pine Grove Community Church, Watson NY. Below: interior

Very Special Places: Lewis County

Every community in the North Country has places that local residents think of as landmarks. This morning, North Country Public Radio and TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, begin a series of features highlighting very special places in our region. Varick Chittenden and Joel Hurd have spent the last few months visiting these places and talking with members of the community who know them well. People have been visiting TAUNY's website to learn more about the project and to share their enthusiasm for a favorite site. Today we head to Lewis County to meet one such person who took us to several of her favorite places.  Go to full article

UpNorth Music: Queen August

NCPR is in the middle of a year-long recording project called UpNorth Music. The goal is to record as many as 150 music acts from all over the North Country and present them to you on-air and on the website upnorthmusic.org. Today, we'll hear words and music from the band Queen August: four guys born in the 80's whose musical influences are steeped in the progressive rock of the early 70's. They spoke with NCPR's Jill Breit before their recording session on November 8th in Sackets Harbor.  Go to full article

Preview: The Sailor Boy and the Falcon

If you do a google search for the opera, The Sailor Boy and the Falcon, the first site you see is norway.org, which makes sense since the opera is based on a story that takes place mostly in Norway. But it's also a good example of just how much attention this weekend's world premiere of the opera at the Crane School of Music has generated. Joel Hurd has this preview.

Tickets are selling fast. Call 315-267-2CPS for more information.  Go to full article
Pat Johnson live on <i>The Blue Note</i> in 2003
Pat Johnson live on The Blue Note in 2003

Preview: Canadian bluesman Pat Johnson

Pat Johnson is one of eastern Ontario's busiest musicians, and he's marking the release of his second solo CD with a couple of special music events later this week. Joel Hurd has a preview.  Go to full article

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